im wondering if some people are better suited to follow vegan/vegetarian diets. i was reading about it and some article mentioned that there was a vegetarian gene and some populations have it. also there are a lot of healthy vegans who live to a very old age in india, so is it a better diet for some people? are there any black or indian people here?
“If you have the vegetarian allele, stick to the traditional vegetarian diet; if you eat a lot of meat and seafood something bad could happen,” he said. “We aren’t exactly sure what, but our argument is, look at the Greenlandic Inuit — those that had the vegetarian allele are gone.”
Since Ye and his research team demonstrated that there is indeed an evolutionary component to individuals’ ability to extract important fatty-acid nutrients from vegetables, many in the media hopped to with dire warnings about the unhealthy nature of vegetarian diets. However, Ye clarified that the study says nothing about whether a vegetarian diet is good or bad.
“The major take-away message of our study is that the diet that is right for you depends on your genetic background,” he said, “[If Europeans] rely purely on a plant-based diet it may not be sufficient for them since most Europeans lack the vegetarian allele.”
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on January 03, 2018
at 11:32 AM
There is no such thing as a "Vegetarian" gene. All humans evolved from hunter gatherers. The only way to be vegan is to live in a modern world that can substitute essential nutrients such as B12 and B6. If anything a large section of humans have various MTHFR gene defects that prevent them from eating artificial B12, B6, folate, and can only thrive when eating animal sources such as organ meats and eggs.
Sure, you can get sone of these from things like eggs yolks (not whites!), but there are a lot of other nutriets that are needed such as CoQ10, Carnitine, Carnosine, taurine, that you cannot get without supplementation. Notice how some of those start with the root Carn - that's latin for meat.
Because of the need for supplementation, that right there is proof that there's no such thing as a vegetarian gene. If there was, people could live to 100 or more without supplementation.
So what is there? Your gut flora, your genes, and your environment. Eat a species appropriate diet if you want to thrive and not just survive.
Grains, industrial seed oils that are wrongly called "vegetable" oils including canola, soy, corn, safflower, sunflower, artificial ingredients, beans, and GMOs are not species appropriate foods and cause disease. Sure, you could eat some or all of these food like substances and survive for a long time, but they all invariably lead to the diseases of modern day existence including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease.